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Vintage Hotels’ Perfect Turkey Recipe

This Roast Turkey recipe is a Holiday staple this Thanksgiving! This recipe packs all of the flavor and juiciness you expect from the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, with none of the stress! Impress your family and friends this year with this recipe on how to cook the perfect turkey curtsey of Executive Chef Chris Smythe from  Noble Restaurant at Prince of Wales. Not only is this roasted turkey recipe fool-proof and easy to make, it will exceed expectations as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving feast!

The Perfect Turkey Recipe

Compliments of Executive Chef Chris Smythe from  Noble Restaurant at Prince of Wales

Serves 6 people

Ingredients:

15 lb fresh local Turkey
½ cup Kosher salt
12 Bay leaves
8 oz Salted butter
1 Bunch of thyme

Method:

  1. Place the turkey in a large container so that you can submerge it in cold water and add the ½ cup of salt and 12 bay leaves. 
  2. In a refrigerator, let the turkey sit in the brine for 8 hours or overnight. Take it out of the brine and place it in a roasting pan and place back in the fridge to dry for 2 hours. 
  3. Pull the Turkey out of the fridge and with your fingers start to loosen the skin around the bird without tearing it. Soften the butter and add the thyme leaves then start to place pockets of butter under the skin all over the bird until the butter is gone. 
  4. Place the Turkey in the oven (uncovered) at 375˚ F for about 2.5 to 3 hours or until the internal temperature reads 180˚ F then let it rest before you cut into it for at least 1 hour or you will not retain all those great juices.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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